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Why The Political Speed-Dating? One Has The Best Record.

WHAT’S WITH THE SPEED DATING?

In the last 10 years, I’ve seen the GOP become the most conservative it’s been in my lifetime. Even more than during the years under Reagan’s leadership. There are many frustrations, but an undeniable move to the right. Frankly, we’re having debates about constitutionality that we couldn’t have in 2005. But we’ve lacked that kind of inspiring leadership, combined with pure conservative thought.

We have a gift right before us, that comes only once in a generation:

A GOP House majority with the largest conservative sub-majority in a generation.

A GOP Senate majority with some of the most persuasive, constitutional Senators in recent memory

Over 30 State governments under GOP control, with significant conservative gains within 11,000 elected positions at all levels.

Yet, we aren’t happy. In a social media-driven world, we’re displeased and impatient. We want more. “Progress” is a noun, but it’s become an adjective, rejected because it’s portrayed as compromising, rather than what it is – closer to the goal.

Today, we have a presidential primary race with SEVENTEEN CANDIDATES. Yes, seventeen. Most of them would be a much better alternative to our current leadership. Several are governors, with effective leadership skills, despite moderate philosophies. Our current president has no leadership skills, and pure socialist, anti-western philosophies.

BEST POOL OF TALENT IN DECADES

I would take any of the current candidates – sans the unreality star/faux Republican in the middle – over what the Democrats have to offer.

Yet, we on this side of the spectrum have a once in a lifetime opportunity, and yet we slough it off, and dismiss it. Between 3/5’s of the states, both legislative houses of the Federal government and a great crop of candidates, we are still playing the promiscuous voter, like standing at a buffet line of “perfection,” catering to our nuanced views of what makes a great candidate, and what doesn’t.

We have Senators, lawyers, constitutional scholars, a neurosurgeon, governors, global CEOs and pastors. The Democrats have… Christopher Lloyd’s cousin?

Walker has a few years under his belt fighting entrenched unions and conservative bonafides that go back 25 years. Chris Christie managed to survive in the brutal state of blue New Jersey, despite his imperfections and bring meaningful reform to the way they did business. Jeb Bush was one of the most conservative governors of the 90’s/00’s era. Cruz is perhaps the brightest constitutional mind in the Senate. Paul is a better version of his principled father, and has opened doors the GOP never bothered to open. Rubio is one of the best communicators of the conservative message in politics today. But…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a rally for South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her candidacy for a second term at the Bi-Lo Center, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013,  in Greenville, S.C. Supporting Gov. Haley were Perry, Bobby Jindal-La. and Scott Walker-Wis. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
Pic: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a rally for South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her candidacy for a second term at the Bi-Lo Center, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Greenville, S.C. Supporting Gov. Haley were Perry, Bobby Jindal-La. and Scott Walker-Wis. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

TIME TO SETTLE DOWN

But I’ve picked my side. Polls are annoying. Rick Perry has more experience, more grit, a deeper record, a longer resume and stronger vision of the proper role of a President than anyone else. You may/may not not like his glasses, or perhaps you’re hung up on a mistake of his years ago. But his record is undeniable, no matter how hard someone tries. There simply is not comparison in regard to level of executive experience, tenure, ability to get a team to work together, and frankly, the ability to deliver a speech that leaves you motivated, informed and feeling like a better American. It’s been a long time since we’ve had that in the White House. 27 years, to be exact.

And now, we have the chance, with a GOP Senate and House, and 30 GOP-run states to do more good for our cause than at any time in our lives. To truly change people’s lives and encourage them to love their country.

Rick Perry is “still the best campaigner around,” according to everyone from Jen Rubin to David Catanese and on EVERYONE’S “I could vote for” list. He consistently gets among the highest “likability” scores, and is arguably the most charismatic candidate in the race, other than the one pretending to be Republican. He has more knowledge on foreign government policy and domestic energy, transportation and immigration affairs than anyone. He knows how to gather 27 independently elected leaders and move them in the same direction. In the end, his tenure marked Texas’ ranking at or near the top in everything: energy, education, prosperity of minorities, job growth, cost of living, population growth, livability. 

So what gives?

If we have this chance, we should take it. Polls should be driven by what we think. Not the other way around.

I don’t want to hear, “I love his record, but…” or “he’s fantastic, but…” Suddenly, we are more worried about who stands out in a debate rather than substance. Yet, we complain about a lack of substance from our elected leaders.

We’re like the crying baby with an earache, but pushing away the medicine we need.

Either he’s the best for the job, or he isn’t. In 2012, primary voters went with the flavor of the month, 75% opposing the milquetoast Romney. But we wore out, and because of it, we had Romney as our candidate. Now, we have another chance to avoid that indecision and A.D.D. primary.

Five years ago, I decided to support and promote the best candidate in the political world based on their merit alone. And I stand by them to this day for the same reasons.

I’m asking you to do the same.

 

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TEXAS ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER RICK PERRY

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Addition Of Over 2.2 Million New Jobs (When Seasonally Adjusted)

 

  • Texas Added 2,214,900 Jobs Under Governor Perry. In December 2000 Texas had 9,534,600 non-farm jobs. In December 2014 Texas had 11,749,500 non-farm jobs. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Addition Of Over 1.9 Million New Private Sector Jobs (When Seasonally Adjusted)

 

  • Texas Has Added 1,938,300 Private Sector Jobs Since Perry Assumed Office. In December 2000, there were 7,969,900 private sector jobs in Texas. In December 2014, there were 9,908,200 private sector jobs in Texas. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: Under Perry, Texas Accounted For About 30 Percent Of All New Private-Sector Jobs Created In America.

 

  • Perry Texas Has Created 28.63 Percent Of All New Private Sector Jobs In America.In December 2000, there were 111,919,000 private sector jobs in America. In December 2014, there were 118,690,000 private sector jobs in America. In December 2000, there were 7,969,900 private sector jobs in Texas. In December 2014, there were 9,908,200 private sector jobs in Texas. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)
  • Perry Texas Has Created 28.15 Percent Of All New Jobs In America.In December 2000, there were 132,723,000 non-farm jobs in America. In December 2014, there were 140,592,000 non-farm jobs in America. In December 2000 Texas had 9,534,600 non-farm jobs. In December 2014 Texas had 11,749,500 non-farm jobs. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Has Created Over 1.5 Million Jobs Since December 2007 While The Rest Of The Country Net Lost 400,000 Jobs.

 

  • There Are 1,572,694 More Employed Texans Now Than There Were In December 2007, An Increase Of 14.3 Percent. In December 2007 there were 10,997,356 employed Texans. In December 2014, there were 12,570,050 employed Texans. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)
  • There Are 403,694 Net Fewer Jobs In America Between December 2007 And December 2014 When Texas’ Job Gains Are Removed. In December 2007 there were 146,273,000 employed Americans. In December 2014 there were 147,442,000 employed Americans. Texas gained a net 1,572,694 employed residents between December 2007 and December 2014. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Has Created Almost 4 Times More Jobs Under Gov. Perry Than The Nation At Large.

 

  • Texas Created 3.92 Times More Jobs Under Gov. Perry Than The Nation At Large Over The Same Timeframe. In December 2000, there were 132,723,000 non-farm jobs in America. In December 2014, there were 140,592,000 non-farm jobs in America. In December 2000 Texas had 9,534,600 non-farm jobs. In December 2014 Texas had 11,749,500 non-farm jobs. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: The Number Of Women In The Workplace Has Grown By Over 1 Million Workers Since Governor Perry Assumed Office.

 

  • The Number Of Women In The Workplace Has Grown By 1,070,000 Since Governor Perry Assumed Office. Texas had 5,508,000 women in the workplace in 2014. Texas had 4,438,000 women in the workplace in 2001. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/17/15)

 

Accomplishment: Increased The Number Of Jobs In The Upper-Middle Wage Quartile By Over 25 Percent While Job Growth In That Category Has Been Stagnant In The Rest Of The Country.

 

  • Between 2000 And 2013, The Number Of Jobs In The Upper-Middle Wage Quartile In Texas Has Increased By 27.8 Percent. (“Comments On Monetary Policy And An Annual Texas Economic Review,” Federal Reserve Bank Of Dallas, 12/3/14)
  • NOTE: In The United States Jobs In The Upper-Middle Wage Quartile Have Not Increased During The Same Time Span. (“Comments On Monetary Policy And An Annual Texas Economic Review,” Federal Reserve Bank Of Dallas, 12/3/14)

 

Accomplishment: Increased Texas’ Real GDP By Over 55 Percent

 

  • Since 2000 Texas’ Real GDP Has Increased By $522,882,000,000, An Increase Of 55.36 Percent. In 2000 Texas had a Real GDP of $944,460,000,000 (in 2009 chained dollars). In 2014 Texas had a Real GDP of $1,467,342,000,000 (in 2009 chained dollars). (“GDP & Personal Income,” S. Bureau Of Economic Analysis, Accessed 6/10/15)

 

Accomplishment: Increased Real Per Capita GDP By Over $9,250

 

  • Texas’ Real Per Capita GDP Increased By $9,340 Under Gov. Perry. In 2000 Texas’ real per-capita GDP was $45,093. In 2014 Texas’ real per-capita GDP was $54,433. (“GDP & Personal Income,” S. Bureau Of Economic Analysis, Accessed 610/15)

 

Accomplishment: Reduced The Number Of Families On Welfare By Over 70 Percent

 

  • Texas Reduced Their Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Rolls By 98,556 Families Between December 2000 And September 2014, A Decrease Of 73.72 Percent. In December 2000 there were 133,685 Texas families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In September 2014 there were 35,129 Texas families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. (“Data & Reports,” S. Health And Human Services Office Of Family Assistance, Accessed 5/13/15)

 

Accomplishment: Reduced Spending By 11.5 Percent Since 2002

 

  • According To The Legislative Budget Board, Texas State Spending Has Declined By 11.5 Percent Since 2002. “According to the LBB, Texas state government spending — tracked from 2002 through 2015 — will have declined by 11.5 percent, when adjusted for population growth and inflation.” (Patricia Kilday Hart, “Report: State Spending Down 11.5 Percent Since 2002,” Houston Chronicle, 8/12/13)
  • NOTE: Governor Perry’s First Budget Was Fiscal Year 2002-03.

GENERAL FUND SPENDING BY BUDGET YEAR UNDER GOV. PERRY

(ADJ. FOR INFLATION AND POPULATION)

Budget Year

Amount Spent In Millions

2002-03

$42,406

2004-05

$38,328

2006-07

$39,282

2008-09

$43,502

2010-11

$40,943

2012-13

$39,781

2014-15

$40,973

Source: Legislative Budget Board

Accomplishment: Cut Taxes Over 75 Times For Over $17 Billion In Savings.

 

  • Governor Perry Signed 75 Tax Cuts Worth Over $17 Billion In Savings To Taxpayers. (Texas Legislature, Accessed 5/19/15)

 

Accomplishment: Increased Texas’ “Rainy Day Fund” By Over 7000 Percent.

 

  • Since 2001 Texas Has Increased Its Rainy Day Fund By $6,618,829,596, An Increased On 7816 Percent. In 2000 Texas had a Rainy Day Fund balance of $84,681,970. At the end of 2013 Texas had a Rainy Day Fund balance of $6,703,511,566. (“Economic Stabilization Fund,” Texas Comptroller Of Public Accounts, 1/15)

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Passage Of The Largest Tax Cut In Texas History

 

  • In 2006 The State Legislature Passed The “Largest Tax Cut In Texas History.” “Mr. Perry’s 2006 rewrite of the state’s primary business tax came with a break on local property taxes and was the largest tax cut in Texas history, said spokeswoman Lucy Nashed.” (Kristina Peterson, “Perry’s Texas Tax Plan Runs Into Criticism,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/9/13)

 

Accomplishment: Improved Both The State And Local Tax Burden In Texas

 

  • Texas’ Combined State And Local Tax Burden Has Improved Between 2002 And 2011. In 2002 Texas’ combined state and local tax burden was 44th highest in the nation. In 2011 (most recent available) Texas’ combined state and local tax burden was 47th highest in the nation. (“Texas’ State And Local Tax Burden,” Tax Foundation, Accessed 3/18/15)

 

Accomplishment: Texas’ Credit Rating Has Been Upgraded To The Highest Ratings Possible By All Three Credit Ratings Agencies Under Governor Perry.

 

  • Texas’ S&P Credit Rating Has Increased Twice Between 2000 And 2014, Going From AA To AAA. (“State Debt Finance,” Texas Bond Review Board, Accessed 5/28/15)
  • Texas’ Moody’s Credit Rating Increased From Aa1 To Aaa Under Between 2000 And 2014. (“State Debt Finance,” Texas Bond Review Board, Accessed 5/28/15)
  • Texas’ Fitch Credit Rating Increased From AA+ To AAA Under Between 2000 And 2014. (“State Debt Finance,” Texas Bond Review Board, Accessed 5/28/15)

 

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PROTECTING LIFE AND FAMILY VALUES

 

Accomplishment: Banned Abortion After 20 Weeks

 

  • In 2013 The Texas Senate Passed “Sweeping New Abortion Restrictions” That, Among Other Things, Banned Abortion After 20 Weeks. “The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions late Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol and made the state the focus of the national abortion debate. … House Bill 2 would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, allow abortions only in surgical centers, limit where and when women may take abortion-inducing pills and ban abortions after 20 weeks.” (Chris Tomlinson, “Senate Passes New Abortion Restrictions,” The Associated Press, 7/12/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed The “Women’s Right To Know Act”

 

  • Texas Passed The “Women’s Right To Know Act” In 2003. “Elizabeth Graham, executive director of Texas Right to Life, said at Thursday’s news conference that ‘we’ve passed more pro-life legislation in the last 10 years than in history.’ She recounted how Texas had approved the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ Act in 2003, added financing for alternatives to abortion to the state budget in 2005, and passed the abortion sonogram law in 2011.” (Becca Aaronson, “Dewhurst: Abortion Bill Could Get Approved This Week,” Texas Tribune, 7/11/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed The Alternatives To Abortion Program

 

  • Texas Approved Financing For Abortion Alternatives In 2005. “Elizabeth Graham, executive director of Texas Right to Life, said at Thursday’s news conference that ‘we’ve passed more pro-life legislation in the last 10 years than in history.’ She recounted how Texas had approved the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ Act in 2003, added financing for alternatives to abortion to the state budget in 2005, and passed the abortion sonogram law in 2011.” (Becca Aaronson, “Dewhurst: Abortion Bill Could Get Approved This Week,” Texas Tribune, 7/11/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Abortion Sonogram Law

 

  • Texas Approved Legislation The Required A Sonogram Prior To An Abortion In 2011. “Elizabeth Graham, executive director of Texas Right to Life, said at Thursday’s news conference that ‘we’ve passed more pro-life legislation in the last 10 years than in history.’ She recounted how Texas had approved the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ Act in 2003, added financing for alternatives to abortion to the state budget in 2005, and passed the abortion sonogram law in 2011.” (Becca Aaronson, “Dewhurst: Abortion Bill Could Get Approved This Week,” Texas Tribune, 7/11/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Parental Consent Law

 

  • In 2005 Perry Signed Legislation That Created A Parental Consent Law For Abortion. “Perry also signed into law a 2005 measure to reorganize the Texas medical board that included two anti-abortion amendments. One amendment included a parental consent law, the other included a measure restricting abortion after 26 weeks gestation.” (Peter J. Smith, “Who Is Rick Perry? – Part II: A Texas Governor’s Pro-Life Legacy,” LifeSIteNews, 8/15/11)

 

Accomplishment: Championed A Constitutional Amendment That Banned Gay Marriage In Texas.

 

  • In 2005 Texas Voters Approved A Ban On Gay Marriage Which Was Supported By 76 Percent Of Voters. “Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making their state the 19th to take that step. … The same-sex marriage contest in Texas was lopsided; near-complete returns showed the gay-marriage ban supported by about 76 percent of voters.” (David Crary, “Texas Voters Approve Ban On Gay Marriage,” The Associated Press, 11/9/05)

 

BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Deployment Of A “Border Surge” In 2014 To Protect Texas’ Southern Border.

 

  • In July 2014 Perry Ordered A Deployment Of As Many As 1,000 National Guard Troops To Protect Texas’ Southern Border. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico, faulting federal officials for ‘empty promises’ in dealing with an influx of Central American children and families. …. Perry said the state’s enforcement surge in the Rio Grande Valley has already deterred illegal immigration, with apprehensions down 36% overall during the last month.” (Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry Orders 1,000 National Guard Troops To Border,” Los Angeles Times, 7/21/14)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Voter ID Legislation

 

  • Texas Passed Voter I.D. Bill In 2011 Session. “Perry also signed a controversial Voter ID Act this year and pushed for legislation against ‘sanctuary cities’ — a bill that Tea Party members in Texas this week demanded he revive to prove his anti-illegal bona fides.” (Caroline May, “Immigration Hawks: Hit Perry On His Record,” The Daily Caller, 9/20/11)

 

Accomplishment: Mandated All State Agencies And Contractors Use E-Verify

 

  • In December 2014 Gov. Perry Mandated All State Agencies And Those Contracting With State Agencies Use E-Verify. “At a news conference Wednesday, Perry said he would be requiring all state agencies to use E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system that aims to prevent the hiring of illegal workers. Perry said anyone contracting with state agencies would have to use E-Verify as well. The executive order takes effect immediately.” (Bobby Blanchard, “Perry To Require State Agencies To Use E-Verify,” Texas Tribune, 12/3/14)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Appropriated Almost $800 Million For Border Security During Governor Perry’s Last 5 Years In Office.

 

  • Between Fiscal Years 2008 And 2013, The State Of Texas Appropriated $452 Million For Border Security Initiatives. “Since the 2008–09 biennium, the State of Texas has appropriated $452.0 million in All Funds to secure the border area.” (“Texas Border Security Funding Overview,” Texas Legislative Budget Board, 4/13)
  • Texas Is Slated To Spend $331.2 Million On Border Security In The 2014-15 Budget. “Budget board staff spokesman John Barton told us via phone that by July 15, 2013, the board had estimated a total for border spending in all parts of DPS’ budget: $331.2 million in the 2014-15 budget.” (Sue Owen, PolitiFact Texas, 8/2/13)

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Accomplishment: Protected Gun Ranges, Manufacturers And Distributors Against Frivolous Lawsuits.

 

  • In 2001 Perry Signed Legislation The Prohibited Lawsuits Against Gun Ranges, Manufacturers And Distributors For “Anything Carried Out In Lawful Operation.” “2001: Signed Senate Bill 766, which prohibits lawsuits against gun ranges, gun manufacturers, and distributors for anything carried out in lawful operation.” (“Rick Perry’s Record On Gun Issues As Governor Of Texas,” Gun Owners Of America, 9/30/11)

 

Accomplishment: Signed “Castle Doctrine” Legislation That Gives Texans Stronger Legal Protection Should They Have To Use Deadly Force.

 

  • In 2007 Perry Signed “Castle Doctrine” Legislation That “Gives Texans A Stronger Legal Right To Defend Themselves With Deadly Force In Their Homes, Cars And Workplaces.” “Gov. Rick Perry signed into law Tuesday a bill that gives Texans a stronger legal right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes, cars and workplaces. Both chambers of the Legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure earlier this month. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force. … Some refer to the measure as the ’castle doctrine,’ drawing from the idea that a man’s home is his castle and that he should have the right to defend it.” (Kelley Shannon, “Governor Signs ‘Castle Doctrine’ Deadly Force Bill,” The Associated Press, 2/8/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed A Number Of Pieces Of Legislation Lowering The Costs And Making It Easier To Obtain A Concealed Handgun License.

 

  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Allowing People With Concealed Handgun Licenses To Store Their Firearms In Cars On A University Campus Or Parking Lot. “Guns in cars: Allows people, including students, with concealed handgun licenses to store their firearms in their cars on a university campus or in parking lots. Neither public nor private universities can create a law prohibiting it. Was expanded in conference committee to go beyond just students. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)
  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Reducing The CHL Renewal Fee For Veterans, Members Of State Military Forces And Certain Peace And Correctional Officers. “Renewal fee: Reduces the CHL renewal fee for certain honorably discharged veterans, current members of the state military forces, and certain peace and correctional officers to $25. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)
  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Allowing CHLs To Be Renewed Online. “Online renewals: (CHL) Renewal applications can be submitted on the Internet. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)
  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Allowing People To Carry Concealed Weapons That Were A Different Handgun Category Than What They Qualified Under. “Interchangeable guns: Allows people to carry a weapon that may be of a different category than they demonstrated handgun proficiency with prior to being issued a CHL. If you qualified with a revolver, you were limited to carrying a revolver. Earlier law stated that if someone qualified with a semiautomatic weapon, they could carry either a revolver or a semiautomatic. If only qualified with a revolver, then that’s the only gun that can be carried. This lifts that restriction. used in qualification. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)
  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Reducing The Classroom Time Required To Receive A CHL. “Classroom time: Reduces the classroom time required to receive a CHL from 10 hours to 4-6 hours. Allows CHL holders seeking to renew their license to take the classroom instruction part and the written exam online. Effective Sept. 1, 2013.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)
  • In 2005 Perry Signed Legislation Extending A CHL From Four To Five Years And A Provision Allowing Someone From Any State To Qualify For A Texas CHL. “Signed House Bill 225 (Driver) which extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from four to five years without an increase in renewal fee. The bill also included a provision that a person from any state can qualify for a Texas concealed handgun license (CHL).” (“Rick Perry Gun Record,” Gun Owners Of America, Accessed 4/10/15)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Legislation Creating A School Marshall Position In Order To Protect Students.

 

  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Creating A School Marshall Position Whereby The Marshall Would Be Allowed To Carry A Gun To Protect Students. “School marshals: The ‘Protection of Texas Children Act’ creates a school marshal position in public k-12 schools and charters. Marshal’s will be allowed to carry a gun and their identity would only be known to the school’s head administrator and law enforcement. If working in a classroom or around children, the school marshal’s weapon will be locked away but within reach. Effective immediately.” (Claire Cardona, “Perry Signs Handful Of Bills That Tweak Concealed Handgun License, Firearm Laws,” Dallas Morning News, 6/17/13)

 

Accomplishment: Recruited Three Separate Gun Manufacturers To Move Operations To Texas.

 

  • Perry Has Actively Recruited Gun Companies To Move To Texas. “Many states, particularly those in the South and Midwest, have actively recruited gun companies and competed among one another to secure their business. Texas Governor Rick Perry has been arguably the most vocal in this regard, even tweeting Magpul Industries to ‘come on down to Texas.’” (Kyle Wintersteen, “Why Are Gun Companies Moving?,” Guns And Ammo, 3/3/14)
  • Companies That Have Moved To Texas: Colt Competition, Mossberg, Magpul. (Kyle Wintersteen, “Why Are Gun Companies Moving?,” Guns And Ammo, 3/3/14)

 

INCREASED DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION & EXPORTS

 

Accomplishment: Texas Is Currently The Number One State For Producing Crude Oil And Natural Gas.

 

  • Texas Is The Number One Crude Oil Producing State, The Number One Natural Gas Producing State And “Produces … More Electricity Than Any Other State.” “Texas is the leading crude oil-producing state in the nation. … More than one-fourth of all U.S. natural gas production occurs in Texas, making it the nation’s leading natural gas producer. … Texas produces and consumes more electricity than any other state, accounting for more than one-tenth of total U.S. energy use.” (“Texas Energy Quick Facts,” Texas Comptroller Of Public Accounts, Accessed 6/3/14)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Is Currently The Number One Exporting State, And Has Held This Distinction For 12 Consecutive Years.

 

  • Texas Is The Number One Exporting State According To The U.S. Census Bureau. “Texas has again been ranked the number one exporting state in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the 12th consecutive year Texas has held this position.” (Press Release, “ICYMI: Texas Ranked Top Exporting State For 12th Consecutive Year,” Office Of The Texas Governor, 2/6/14)

 

Accomplishment: Overseen A Massive Reduction In Pollution.

 

  • Air Quality In Texas Has “Significantly Improved” Between 2000 And 2013, With Reductions In Pollutants Like Ozone, Nitrogen Oxides And Sulfur Dioxide Levels. “Air quality in Texas has significantly improved during a period when the Texas population increased over 25 percent: From 2000 to 2013, ozone levels in Texas decreased by 24 percent. This reduction is 12 percent greater than the national average. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions dropped by nearly 63 percent from large stationary sources from 2000 to 2012. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from large stationary sources decreased over 50 percent between 2000 and 2012. 91 percent of benzene monitors operating from 2000 through 2012 have shown decreases, resulting in greater health protection against the possibility of blood cell or cancer (i.e. leukemia) effects for Texans across the state.” (Paul Burka, “The Perry Legacy: Richard Hyde Responds,” Texas Monthly, 7/16/14)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Is Now The “Hands-Down” Leader In Wind Production

 

  • Under Governor Perry, Texas’ Wind Energy Went From “Hardly Exist[ing]” To The “Nation’s Hands-Down Leader In Wind Energy Generation.” “None were there when the governor took his first oath of office, and Texas’ wind energy sector hardly existed. But the state has since become the nation’s hands-down leader in wind energy generation, and Perry — more commonly associated with oil and gas — helped steer that boom.” (Jim Malewitz, “Texas Now Hands-Down Leader In Wind Power,” Texas Tribune, 12/28/14)

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw Texas Becoming The Leader For Technology Exports (Even Beating California).

 

  • In 2014 It Was Announced That Texas Surpassed California For Most Technology-Related Exports By Exporting More Than $45 Billion In Products In 2012. “Surpassing California for the first time, Texas is leading the nation in technology-related exports, according to a new report. State companies that make computers, semiconductors and communications equipment, among other products, exported more than $45 billion in products in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech industry lobbying firm.” (Brian Gaar, “Texas Overtakes California, Leads Nation In Tech Exports,” Austin American-Statesman, 2/11/14)

 

IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE DURING POPULATION EXPLOSION

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Passage Of Proposition 1 In 2014, Which Added New Revenues To The State Highway Fund.

 

  • In 2014 Texas Voters Approved Proposition1, Which Takes A Portion Of The Texas’ Rainy Day Fund And Dedicates It To The State Highway Fund. “Taxes from the oil and gas industry will be a new source of revenue for cash-strapped Texas roads after voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 Tuesday night. … The constitutional amendment takes a portion of the severance tax paid by the energy industry that was going into the state’s Rainy Day Fund and allocates it to the State Highway Fund.” (Nicholas Sakelaris, “Voters Pass Prop 1, Securing Billions In Funding For Texas Roads,” Dallas Business Journal, 11/4/14)

 

Accomplishment: Oversaw The Passage Of Proposition 6 In 2013, Which Created A New, Sustainable State Water Plan.

 

  • In 2013 Voters Approved Proposition 6, Which Took $2 Billion To Create A State Water Plan, Which Aims “To Provide Enough Water To Meet The State’s Needs Over The Next Fifty Years.” “Texans overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment Tuesday to jump-start financing for water projects in the state: Proposition 6. The plan will take $2 billion in surplus state money (from the Rainy Day Fund) to start a low-interest loan program for water projects in Texas. … The $2 billion approved this week will act like a down-payment on a mortgage that will allow the state to borrow billions more for hundreds of water projects outlined in its official Water Plan. Those projects aim to provide enough water to meet the state’s needs over the next fifty years.” (Terrence Henry, “How Prop 6 Passed, And What’s Up Next For Water Projects In Texas,” State Impact, 11/5/13)

DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Accomplishment: Total Crime Has Dropped By Over 12 Percent Since Perry Assumed Office.

 

  • Total Crime Has Fallen By 12.05 Percent Between 2001 And 2013. In 2001 there were 1,098,738 total crimes in Texas. In 2013 there were 966,356 total crimes in Texas. (“Crime In Texas,” Texas Department Of Public Safety, Accessed 11/13/14)

 

Accomplishment: The Recidivism Rate In Texas Has Fallen By Over 5 Percent.

 

  • The Recidivism Rate In Texas Has Fallen From 28 Percent To 22.6 Percent. “The results have been dramatic: The Texas prison population has decreased by about 5,000 inmates from its peak in 2010. The state still executes more people than any other — 10 so far this year — but crime rates have fallen markedly. Recidivism is down from 28 percent to 22.6 percent.” (Reid Wilson, “Best State In America: Texas, Where Both Crime And Incarceration Rates Are Falling,” The Washington Post, 12/5/14)

 

Accomplishment: Texas In 2014 Had Its Lowest Crime Rate Since 1968.

 

  • In 2014 Texas Has Its Lowest Crime Rate Since 1968. “Since 2005, the state’s crime rate has dropped 22 percent and the incarceration rate is down 12 percent, Levin said. Texas has closed three adult prisons, and Levin said Texas has the lowest crime rate since 1968.” (Lisa Hagen, “Texas’ Successes Spur Support For Criminal Justice Reform,” Houston Chronicle, 11/16/14)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Closed Down A Prison Facility For The First Time In Recent History.

 

  • “Three Years Ago, Texas Closed A Prison In Sugar Land, The First Time In 166 Years It Had Shut Down A Detention Facility.” (Reid Wilson, “Best State In America: Texas, Where Both Crime And Incarceration Rates Are Falling,” The Washington Post, 12/5/14)

 

Accomplishment: Passed Jessica’s Law, Which Permits The Death Penalty For Dangerous Child Predators

 

  • The Legislature Passed Jessica’s Law In 2007, Which “Permitted The Death Penalty For Offenders Twice-Convicted Of Aggravated Sexual Assault Of A Child Under 14.” “Earlier, the 2007 Legislature approved Jessica’s Law; it permitted the death penalty for offenders twice-convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.” (Tara Merrigan, PolitiFact Texas, 7/3/12)

 

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

 

Accomplishment: Passed A “National Example” Of Tort Reform

 

  • In 2003 Texas Passed Tort Reform Legislation Touted As Being A “National Example.” “Although Texas is being held up as a national example of success in limiting medical malpractice damages — with a 51 percent increase in new doctors and a 27 percent drop in malpractice insurance rates since a law went into effect in 2003 — the impact on consumers has been far less clear.” (Dianna Hunt, “Texas Tort Reform Law Held Up As Model, But Its Effect On Patients Is Unclear,” McClatchy Newspapers, 12/27/09)
  • The Number Of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Fell By Nearly Two-Thirds Between 2003 And 2011. “The Austin American Statesman reported that Department of Insurance data shows medical malpractice claims, including lawsuits, resolved in a year fell by nearly two-thirds between 2003 and 2011 to 450.” (“10 Years Of Tort Reform In Texas Bring Fewer Suits, Lower Payouts,” Insurance Journal, 9/3/13)
  • The Texas Medical Association Claims Texas Has Licensed More Than 28,000 New Physicians Since 2003, Which Equates To About 3,135 New Physicians A Year. “The Texas Medical Association reported that since 2003, the state has licensed more than 28,000 new physicians – about 3,135 per year. That’s over 770 more the average in the nine years prior to the law capping damages.” (“10 Years Of Tort Reform In Texas Bring Fewer Suits, Lower Payouts,” Insurance Journal, 9/3/13)

 

Accomplishment: Fought Obamacare Expansion In Texas

 

  • Perry Has Fought Efforts To Expand Obamacare In Texas Through Medicaid Expansion And A State Obamacare Exchange. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t having any part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. In a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday, Perry pledged that he won’t create a state insurance exchange or implement the optional Medicaid expansion.” (Kathryn Smith, “Rick Perry Rejects Health Care Exchanges, Medicaid Expansion,” Politico, 7/9/12)

 

Accomplishment: Created A VA “Strike Force” To Reduce Wait Times For Care

 

  • In 2012 Perry Helped Create A VA “Strike Force” Designed To “Reduce The Backlog Of Disability Claims” And Wait Times In The VA System. “The Texas Veterans Commission holds backlog events in order to serve Veterans through the State Strike Force Teams, which were created by Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus in July 2012. The teams’ mission is to help reduce the backlog of disability claims in Texas since the number of backlogged claims has more than doubled since 2010 and the wait times for Veterans are continuing to increase” (“Texas Veterans Commission To Help Alleviate the VA Backlog In Amarillo,” KAMR, 4/26/13)

 

IMPROVED EDUCATION AND RELIABLE WORKFORCE

 

Accomplishment: The High School Graduation Rate Has Risen To 88 Percent, The Highest Rate Since Records Have Been Kept.

 

  • In 2013, 88 Percent Of High School Students Graduated On Time, The Highest Rate Since Records Have Been Kept. “The Texas Education Agency said Tuesday that a record 88 percent of high school students graduated on time last year, marking the sixth straight year of gains. Education Commissioner Michael Williams said the number of Class of 2013 students who finished high school in four years was the highest since records have been kept in their current form, at least through the 1990s, and had increased from 87.7 percent from the previous year.” (Will Weissert, “Texas’ 2013 On-Time Graduation Rate A Record High,” The Associated Press, 8/5/14)
  • In 2001 Texas’ High School Graduation Rate Was 73.5 Percent. (“Trends In High School Dropout And Completion Rates In The United States: 1972–2008,” S. Department Of Education, 12/10)

 

Accomplishment: Took Texas From 30th In The Nation For High School Graduation Rates To Tied For Second.

 

  • Texas’ High School Graduation Rate Went From 30th In 2001-02 To Tied For Second In 2012-13. In 2001-02 Texas’ high school graduation rate was 73.5 percent, which ranked 30th. In 2012-13 Texas’ high school graduation rate was 88 percent, which tied for second highest. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 5/26/15)

 

Accomplishment: Pushed For The Creation Of College Degrees Costing No More Than $10,000, Which Has Been Instituted At 13 Separate Colleges And Universities In Texas.

 

  • Under Governor Perry, 13 State Colleges And Universities Have Begun To Offer Degrees Costing No More Than $10,000. “In the last two years, two Republican governors — Rick Perry in Texas and Rick Scott in Florida — have challenged their states’ public colleges to develop bachelor’s degrees costing no more than $10,000, less than a third of the average sticker price for tuition and fees at a four-year public college. … In Texas, 13 institutions now offer $10,000 degrees.” (Tamar Lewin, “Low-Cost B.A. Starting Slowly In Two States,” The New York Times, 10/18/13)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Had The Best Hispanic High School Graduation Rate In The Nation In 2012-13

 

  • In 2012-13 Texas’ Hispanic High School Graduation Rate Was 85.1 Percent, Which Was Best In The Nation. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)
  • The National Average For Hispanic High School Graduation Was 75.2 Percent. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Had The Best African-American High School Graduation Rate In The Nation In 2012-13

 

  • In 2012-13 Texas’ African-American High School Graduation Rate Was 84.1 Percent, Which Was Best In The Nation. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)
  • The National Average For African-American High School Graduation Was 70.7 Percent. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)

 

Accomplishment: Texas Had The Second-Best High School Graduation Rate For “Economically Disadvantaged” Students In 2012-13

 

  • In 2012-13 Texas’ High School Graduation Rate For “Economically Disadvantaged” Students Was 85.2 Percent, Which Was Second-Best In The Nation. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)
  • The National Average High School Graduation Rate For The “Economically Disadvantaged” Was 73.3 Percent. (“Dropout / Completer Data Tables,” S. Department Of Education, Accessed 3/16/15)

 

Accomplishment: Headcounts In Texas Colleges And Universities Have Increased By Almost 500,000 Students, An Increase Of 50 Percent.

 

  • The Number Of Students At Texas Colleges And Universities Has Increased By 485,851 Students Under Perry, An Increase Of 50.04 In 2000 there were 970,939 students enrolled at Texas colleges and universities. In 2013 there were 1,456,790 students enrolled at Texas colleges and universities. (“Texas Institutions Of Higher Education – Enrollment Forecast 2013-2020,” Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 1/13)

 

Accomplishment: Expanded The Number Of Charter Schools In The State

 

  • In 2013 The Texas Legislature Passed A Law Lifting The Limit On The Number Of Charter School Operators In Texas. “Opening the door to a new wave of independent charter schools in Texas, the Legislature voted Sunday to gradually lift the longtime limit on the number of charter school operators in the state and to give the Texas Education Agency new authority to clean up troubled schools.” (Terrence Stutz, “Legislature OKs Bills Expanding Texas Charter Schools, Cutting High-Stakes Tests,” Dallas Morning News, 5/26/13)

 

Support For Our Nation’s Heroes

 

Accomplishment: Formed The Texas Veterans Initiative To Evaluate Community-Based Mental Health Programs For Veterans.

 

  • In 2014 Perry Formed The Texas Veterans Initiative, A $1 Million Program Designed To Expand And Evaluate Community-Based Mental Health Programs For Veterans And Their Relatives. “A new, $1-million state initiative is seeking to bolster mental health programs for military veterans. Announced jointly Monday by Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, the Texas Veterans Initiative is funded by the Health and Human Services Commission. It will match local and private funds committed to expanding and evaluating community-based mental health programs for veterans and their relatives.” (“Texas Unveils Veterans Mental Health Initiative,” The Associated Press, 11/10/14)

 

Accomplishment: Created VA Strike Force To Reduce Wait Times In The VA System

 

  • In 2012 Perry Helped Create A VA “Strike Force” Designed To “Reduce The Backlog Of Disability Claims” And Wait Times In The VA System. “The Texas Veterans Commission holds backlog events in order to serve Veterans through the State Strike Force Teams, which were created by Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus in July 2012. The teams’ mission is to help reduce the backlog of disability claims in Texas since the number of backlogged claims has more than doubled since 2010 and the wait times for Veterans are continuing to increase” (“Texas Veterans Commission To Help Alleviate the VA Backlog In Amarillo,” KAMR, 4/26/13)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Multiple Pieces Of Legislation Granting Property Tax Exemptions To Veterans And Their Families.

 

  • In 2013 Perry Signed Legislation Granting A Property Tax Exemption To Surviving Spouses Of Service Members Killed In Combat. “To ease the financial stress of some military widows like Fry, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill May 27, which grants a total property tax exemption to surviving spouses of service members killed in action.” (Sarah Rafique, “Bill Gives Support To Military Widows,” Killeen Daily Herald, 6/9/13)
  • In 2009 Perry Signed Legislation Giving A Property Tax Exemption To Disabled Veterans. “Veterans across the Lone Star State will have more cash in their pockets, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Rick Perry. After years of dedicated service to their country, disabled veterans in Texas are getting something back, an exemption in taxes on their property.” (Victor Lopez, “Texas Veterans Get Big Tax Break,” KWES-TV, Accessed 5/18/15)

 

Accomplishment: Signed Legislation Granting In-State Tuition For Veterans And Their Immediate Families

 

  • In 2009 Perry Signed Legislation Providing In-State Tuition For Veterans Who Are Eligible For Federal Education Benefits And To Their Spouses And Children. “Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed Senate bills (SB) 297 and 93, which significantly strengthens Texas’ commitment to veterans and their families by enhancing their ability to apply their hard-earned educational benefits at Texas colleges and universities. … SB 297 provides in-state tuition for veterans who are eligible for federal education benefits, and to their spouses and children.” (Press Release, “Veterans Strengthen And Enrich Our State,” Office Of The Texas Governor, 8/6/09)
  • In 2009 Perry Signed Legislation That Allows The Spouse Of A Service Member Who Was Killed In Action Or Disabled Access To The Hazelwood Act, Which Allows Veterans To Receive A Tuition Exemption At State Colleges And Universities. “Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed Senate bills (SB) 297 and 93, which significantly strengthens Texas’ commitment to veterans and their families by enhancing their ability to apply their hard-earned educational benefits at Texas colleges and universities. … SB 93 makes three important changes to the Hazelwood Act, which allows eligible veterans, their children and spouses to receive an exemption from the payment of tuition and most fees for up to for up to 150 semester credit hours of state-supported classes at colleges and universities. Allows the spouse of a service member who was killed in action, died while in service, is missing in action, whose death was caused by a service-connected illness or injury, or who became totally disabled for employment purposes as a result of a service-related injury to claim the Hazelwood Exemption.” (Press Release, “Veterans Strengthen And Enrich Our State,” Office Of The Texas Governor, 8/6/09)